Meghan Markle’s new podcast unseats Joe Rogan on Spotify

Meghan Markle is not only the Duchess of Sussex. She’s now additionally the Queen of Podcasts.

Markle’s new Spotify-exclusive podcast, “Archetypes,” surpassed common chart-topper “The Joe Rogan Experience” this week on Spotify’s record of most-listened-to podcasts in six areas, together with the U.S. and the UK.

The present’s inaugural episode premiered Tuesday and featured tennis legend Serena Williams as its first visitor. The podcast additionally topped the charts in Canada, Eire, New Zealand and Australia.

“Archetypes” was conceived as an outlet for Markle to discover the stereotypes surrounding ladies of all ages by means of “uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives,” in accordance with a March assertion from Spotify.

In a preview for the podcast, the duchess promised to “dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back” by means of conversations with them.

Within the debut episode, Markle and Williams mentioned the double customary ladies face when they’re labeled “ambitious,” urged listeners to contemplate and “recogniz[e] what people don’t see” and shared their private experiences as pals, celebrities and mothers.

Williams shared a narrative concerning the guilt she felt as a mother throughout a match on the 2018 French Open, which befell solely hours after her daughter Olympia fell out of her excessive chair and broke her wrist.

Markle talked about her personal expertise with fulfilling skilled obligations amid emotional turmoil on her 2019 go to to South Africa — months earlier than she and Prince Harry stepped again as senior royals following private assaults on the couple.

“So much, I think optically, the focus ends up being on how it looks instead of how it feels,” Markle stated, talking to the episode’s title, “Misconception of Ambition.” “And part of the humanizing — and the breaking through of these labels, these archetypes, these boxes that we’re put into — is having some understanding of the human moments behind the scenes that people might not have any awareness of and to give each other a break. Because we did.”

“Archetypes” isn’t the one buzzy podcast to overthrow Rogan on the high of the charts this 12 months. In Might, “Batman Unburied” skyrocketed to No. 1 on Spotify’s U.S. charts. The scripted audio sequence starred Winston Duke as Batman, Hasan Minhaj because the Riddler and Gina Rodriguez as Barbara Gordon.